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( Jul. 2nd, 2013 04:05 pm)
Saturday I got up at daft o'clock to celebrate the 25th anniversary of my driving test - I caught the 6.00am train to Victoria, breakfasted in the Regency Cafe and was the first person through the doors of the Lowry exhibition. Imagine! Having the whole exhibition to yourself! After doing something similar for Lichtenstein and Hirst, I'd imagine crowds, but I had the place largely to myself - there were no more than four people in the same room as me at any time. A fantastic show, although light on biographical context.

And I am still pondering whether his liking of Pirandello might explain him somehow.

You could buy flat caps in the shop. But not, as far as I could see, whippets.


I also did Caulfield and Hume - shows rather light on explanation, and I rather bounced off.

I'd planned to do the Psycho show at Pace, but ambled first to the Pace at the rear of the RAA where I saw a Robert Irwin show (presumably not the same Robert Irwin...).

At this point I ran into and - against a certain degree of cynicism - watched half an hour or so of Pride. I confess and would like to risk expressing mixed feelings. It's the first one I've seen.

The theme this year seemed to be marriage and I can see the if-it-quacks-like-a-duck argument for extending civil partnerships, enshrining equal rights, clarity of medical decisions and access, inheritance of property etc. On the other hand, I have reservations about marriage as an institution for anyone. I'm also torn between the seashift of corporate attitudes that means people can now march as workers with Tesco and on the other hand the question of whether, say, BP and Barclays are in a position to gain positive PR from this. (I realise Apartheid is over now. I still have a distrust of Barclay's). I was all for the scattered placards complaining about the commercialisation of Pride, but on the other hand these were branded Socialist Worker.

On the other hand, it is good to see public displays of commitment, across the QUILTBAG spectrum.

On the other hand, whistles still annoy me...

Were there people marching for themselves or with partners who weren't under a brand? Or do you have to be part of a gang? (I suppose I should have been marching with my colleagues, had I chosen to, although I didn't recognise anyone there.) Was there a group of miscellaneous marchers at the back? If so I moved on before I saw them. The old visibility problem, perhaps. Where are the banners for people with no banners save their own visibility on the march?

Several of the crowd didn't remember - pace the placards - Lucy Meadows. I'm ashamed it took a couple of minutes to place the context.

It was hot in the sun. I was beginning to dehydrate. It was all rather moving.

It took a bit of wandering to locate Pace, proper, and it required an entryphone to be negotiated. I passed, for now.

Then a long wander up to a pub I like in Finsbury. On the other hand, I've twice been when Whitstable IPA was one of the choices and I can get that locally. Not all the beers taste great. And there was only one choice this time. I rapidly moved onto Clerkenwell and the Craft Beer Co, where there was only one beer at 4%. The rest was 7% plus. I settled for a 7% Thornbridge/Dark Star collaboration and a Sirens at 11.4%, but only a half. £10.50. Ouch. On several levels.

That left a stagger down to Temple, and the train home from Victoria.
Foot pain retreated enough this morning to allow me to walk to West station and the 8.07 to London Bridge - truly London will be fab when they've finished building it - and a walk to Tate Modern. I'd done the Alighiero Boetti and Yayoi Kusama last Sunday, finding them both very rich and fecund artists, the Kusama beng the more interesting of the two, and I was a little arted out after Picasso and photographs to do Damien Hirst. Plus there was a queue. It looked heaving.

I got to the gallery just before it opened, and as a member I got to go straight in. I believe I have a potential for a private view, but I think I've had my money's worth. He's actually a rather old fashioned artist - his themes are mutability and preservation, most obviously in the cow, sharks and sheep in preserving fluid, sliced in half or whole. These have a melancholy beauty, as much due to the refraction caused by the tanks as anything else. Then there are the flies - buzzing around a decaying cow's head in a piece I've seen at least once before, in the RAA British Sculpture show, or stuck to the wall in a circle. - and the butterflies - flying around one round like Kew has been transplanted - or stuck to the wall. Then the endless cigarette butts and pills (not a show to inhale at). Perhaps the best piece is a autopsied angel, but I fear it all feel a little obvious in its juxtapositions.

In the Turbine Hall there is the diamond encrusted skull in a small blacked out room - you wait a few minutes to be admitted, walked through a dark tunnel, then into the room with the skull. It has a certain beauty, but it's flashy and vulgar.


I didn't feel the need to buy the catalogue.

Then north to St Paul's and a busy Central Line, via a coffee shop to a meeting in the Crown and Sceptre, a pub whose staff have gone from adequate to hopeless - this one didn't know what stout was, didn't recognise the name of one of their beers and was confused by notions of coffee or tea. Half the menu was off, too.

Then a walk with someone from the meeting in search of a coffee shop off Oxford Street - via a colour coded stationery shop which clearly either sells nothing which is yellow or has sold everything it had which was yellow - and to Selfridges. I didn't quite stand on the spot of the cover to Solar Flares, so next time.

Back to Charing Cross via CeX and Fopp and a sinking feeling that I'd dropped the fiver in my back pocket. A productive day.
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( Apr. 20th, 2012 09:43 pm)
Having done much walking of late, I've felt very inspired by (and jealous of) the artist Hamish Fulton, who has said "If I do not walk, I cannot make a work of art", and lives round these parts. Most of his art are posters (or, rather, large areas of paint with vinyl lettering) recording walks - from coast to coast, from source to sea, across mountain ranges, along the Pilgrim's Way - and there is something about them that I like. There's a show at the Turner Contemporararararary - alongside the Turner - which is paired with a show at the IKON Birmingham, which I'm convinced I've had a brief look round before.

After a recent daytrip to Nottingham - to see Thomas Demand, which I suspect I've failed to write about - I booked tickets to and from Birmingham, and plotted an itinerary from New Street via various shops and coffee places to the bookshop to IKON to the BMAG and to a reportedly good pub and back again. I didn't do anything useful like print out a map or anything. This may have been a mistake.

The journey there was uneventful, aside from a new walking route from St P to Euston, avoiding Euston Road, which is unpleasant in differing ways, and to time, although I see that they are (still? again?) improving New Street. They've done something to the Pavilions which I can't put my finger on, and I got a little lost in my search for Digbeth. I did find a rather useful secondhand bookshop, where I bought a volume of the Sturgeon short stories - five volumes down, eight to go - for two quid. I forebore to purchase anything else, and then got lost via the market (and an illicit pork pie) in search of local cheese (fail) and Brindley Place. I have Googlemaps on my phone, but the instruction HEAD NORTH is no use without a compass on a day when the sun is obscured by cloud.

Thus it felt like a forty mile walk to the gallery - the signage is erratic - and I managed to plot a coffee bar free route (although there was a Costa in the square and if I've realised there was wifi, I would have used the cafe in the gallery). I climbed the steps to the top of the gallery and had a look round the exhibition, which, to my relief, was rather different from the Margate one, although along similar lines. I was rather taken by a couple of the acrostics -

Chinese
Economy
Tibetan
Refugee
Beijing
Olympic
Triumph

and

Brain
Heart
Lungs

(rare to have five letters rather than seven in these acrostics).

Alongside the Fulton were various rooms of Sarah Browne's "How to Use Fool’s Gold", not an artist I knew, and it includes a couple of crystal radios, pictures of flowers, a vodka still, photos of Icelanders in knitted jumpers. Sculpture, I suppose, in the widest sense, and usually collaborations - brewing, knitting, printing, electronics, writing, weaving. Intriguing, although I'm not clear what it all means...

On the back stairs were various "postcards" by Japanese artists - actually larger than usual postcards - which I wish I'd spent longer looking at. And there was a Martin Creed piece in the lift.

I'd almost found the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery by accident when looking for the IKON, so it was relatively easy to find. I had about 45 minutes, so I had a quick look at the Staffordshire Hoard, and spent a little longer on the Pre-Raphs and the twentieth century stuff. I'm getting better at recognising British artists. I wish I'd had longer.

By then I was feeling the lack of coffee (I don't think I'd had one since Euston), and I accidentally found a Caffe Nerd whilst in search of a Caffe Nerd - I suspect not the one I was looking for. It was pleasingly close to the Wellington, the pub I had in mind to visit, so that avoided getting lost. I fear the glory days of Birmingham beer are over - local breweries having been taken up and moved, and not the same level of microbrewing as, say, Nottinghamshire. Subsequent research reveals three local microbrews - ABC and Beer Geek in Ashton and Two Towers (Tolkien reference?) in Hockley - which demand a subsequent visit I feel. The Wellington has sixteen hand pumps, each with a different real ale, each replaced as the barrel empties. There is a screen telling you what is on and the ABV, and you are meant to order by number. The bar was predictably busy, but long practice meant I was served both times pretty well straight away.

For the record:
Purity Mad Goose 4.2% (Gt Alne, Warwickshire)
Hobsons Twisted Spire 3.6% (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire)
Slater's Top Totty 4% (Stafford)
Ossett Excelsior 5.2% (Ossett)

I manage to find my way back to the station via a Tesco for sustenance without getting lost, although I found a shop I'd been trying to remember to look for earlier. I sat opposite two people - a couple? I'm not convinced - who'd been drinking in the Old Post Vaults, which has eight pumps, and who supplied me with a real ale map of Birmingham. I think I have a cunning plan to deploy in due course...
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( Feb. 8th, 2012 10:06 pm)
I Philip K. Dick, The Cosmic Puppets.
II Philip K. Dick, Humpty Dumpty in Oakland
III Philip K. Dick, Mary and the Giant
IV Philip K. Dick, The Broken Bubble

Beginning of a reread of the oeuvre, which I may do over, as I've been distracted. Some really odd swerves of prose in The Broken Bubble, and I wonder what the novels would have been like if he'd gone back and edited them. Still have the moments to shock, and still that sense of so much of PKD's obsessions are there from the start.

V Hamish Fulton, Walking in Relation to Everything (Margate: Turner Contemptuously/Birmingham: IKON, 2012)

After a rather hollow opening - half a dozen conceptual sculptures and a Turner oil painting of a volcano - and a rather too rich follow-up - Nothing in the World But Youth - we now have a double bill of the first big Turner show (Turner and the Elements, which I ought to compare to Paul Nash:* The Elements) and another contemporary show, local boy Hamish Fulton (who I checked in the phone book, and is out near Broad Oak).

I first knew about Fulton as part of last year's Folkestone Triennial (which I don't think I wrote all of up), and a series of posters he had around the town for his walks. Then I suspect there is a piece by him in the Templeton (a series of seven letter words?) and I can remember seeing the piece with Rodney McDonald and Alistair Milne "Hitchhiking Times from London to Andorra and from Andorra to London April 1967", I guess in one of the Tates and at the Modern British Sculpture show at the RAA.

Fulton's practice is art through walking - each piece is a record of a walk: from coast to coast, from source to sea, from sea level to peak and back, in Britain, in Europe, in Tiber/Nepal and US/Canadian wilderness areas. There's a Burroughsian obsession with seven letter words (DUCHAMP/MESSNER/HABELER/MALLORY/HILLARY/TENZING/EVEREST), and there's something amazing about the sheer number of forty mile walks someone can pull off on the trot, and the way in which this can get conveyed in posters. I mean, you have to trust he's done the walk as they're aren't always photos and postcards. It has a distinct uncanny feel. Is it sculpture? I think so. But.

There's more Fulton at Ikon in Birmingham, and I plan to have a day trip there.

I hadn't planned to do the Turner show, because I wanted to read the catalogue first, and the Fulton intrigues me in a way that the Turner didn't - although the watercolours here seem to show Turner as a more abstract and dangerous figure than I give him credit for. He's a really odd establishment figure, who's also a tad subversive. The Tracey Emin of his day... I'll read the catalogue and go back to the show.





* I did not know that John Christopher lived in Paul Nash's house. Mind you, I didn't know that Paul Nash was significant when I took a photo of his plaque.
As always these are provided as much for my own benefit and interest as anyone else's - check opening times and venues before travelling; additions, suggestions, corrections and company welcome. I also have a Google Calendar which I add to. Exhibitions in red are on now (in theory).

ETA:
  • Rothko in Britain 9-Sep-2011 26-Feb-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/rothko-in-britain
  • Artists in Residence: Shiraz Bayjoo and DARTER 16-Dec-2011 26-Feb-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/artists-in-residence-shiraz-bayjoo-and-darter
  • Government Art Collection: Selected by Simon Schama: Travelling Light 16-Dec-2011 26-Feb-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/government-art-collection-selected-by-simon-schama-travelling-light
  • Zarina Bhimji 19-Jan-2012 9-Mar-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/zarina-bhimji
  • Steven Clayton: Culpable Earth 4-Feb-2012 7-May-2012 FirstSite Colchester http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/culpable-earth-2
  • Andrea Zittel, Lay of My Land 10-Feb-2012 20-May-2012 BALTIC Gateshead http://www.balticmill.com/whatsOn/future/ExhibitionDetail.php?exhibID=161
  • Elizabeth Price 3-Feb-2012 27-May-2012 BALTIC Gateshead http://www.balticmill.com/whatsOn/present/ExhibitionDetail.php?exhibID=160
  • Gillian Wearing 28-Mar-2012 17-Jun-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London Tickets http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/gillian-wearing
  • The Bloomberg Commission: Josiah McElheny: The Past Was A Mirage I Had Left Far Behind 7-Sep-2011 20-Jul-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/the-bloomberg-commission-josiah-mcelheny-the-past-was-a-mirage-i-had-left-far-behind
  • The London Open 3-Oct-2012 25-Nov-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/the-london-open
  • Mel Bochner 12-Oct-2012 30-Dec-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/mel-bochner

    Ends February 2012

    • London: National Gallery “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” 9-Nov-2011-5-Feb-2012
    • London: Serpentine Gallery “Lygia Pape: Magnetized Space” 7-Dec-2011-9-Feb-2012 http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/03/lygia_pape.html
    • London: Royal Academy of Arts Tennant Gallery “Driven to Draw: Twentieth-century Drawings and Sketchbooks from the Royal Academy’s Collection” 3-Nov-2011-12-Feb-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/the-tennant-gallery/
    • London: National Portrait Gallery “Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011” 10-Nov-2011-12-Feb-2012
    • London: Haunch of Venison 103 New Bond Street, London “The Mystery of Appearance” 7-Dec-2011-18-Feb-2012 http://haunchofvenison.com/exhibitions/current/the_mystery_of_appearance/
    • London: British Museum “Grayson Perry The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman” 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry.aspx
    • London: Barbican Art Gallery “OMA/Progress” 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12472
    • * Chichester: Pallant House “Edward Burra” 22-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.pallant.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/forthcoming/main-galleries/edward-burra1/edward-burra
    • Birmingham: Birmingham Museum Gas Hall “Lost in Lace: New approaches by UK and international artists” 29-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1415
    • London: Tate Britain “Has The Film Already Started?” 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012
    • London: V&A “The House of Annie Lennox” 15-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

    Ends March 2012

    • Birmingham: Birmingham Museum Gallery 20 “A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest” 17-Sep-2011-4-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1538
    • London: Royal Academy of Arts Sir Hugh Casson Room “Contemporary prints from RA Editions” 2-Dec-2011-8-Mar-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/hugh-casson-room-for-friends/prints-from-ra-editions,397,RAL.html
    • Gwynedd: Mostyn Gallery “Artist Rooms: Anselm Kiefer” 26-Nov-2011-10-Mar-2012
    • Edinburgh: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Modern Two “The Scottish Colourist Series: F C B Cadell” 22-Oct-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/19917
    • Oxford: Modern Art Oxford “Graham Sutherland: An Unfinished World” 10-Dec-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/whats-on/present/
    • Sheffield: Sheffield Graves “Blk Art Group” 27-Aug-2011-24-Mar-2012 http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/graves-gallery/exhibitions/current/the-blk-art-group
    • * Birmingham: Birmingham Museum “Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration” 13-Jan-2012-25-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1389
    • London: Tate Modern “Photography: New Documentary Forms” 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Tate Modern “Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus” 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Tate Modern “Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer” 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Tate Modern “Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys” 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • Edinburgh: Scottish National Portrait Gallery “Missing” 1-Dec-2011-31-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/missing

    Ends April-December 2012 )

    Ends 2013 or Later )

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    ( Jan. 27th, 2012 10:42 pm)
    So I need days out in Chichester (if I really care about Lucian Freud), Nottingham (I have no idea who Thomas Demand is but it sounds interesting), Birmingham (But it could be the same show as will be in Margate on Hamish Fulton) and Cambridge (Henri Gaudier-Brzesk).

    Clearly I need to start looking at calendars and marking in days.

    Missed the Soviet Architecture show at the RAA. Bumboats.
    A listing of exhibitions which may interest me and others - information presented as is, check with websites etc before travelling, corrections invited. Some galleries close on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays, municipal ones might close at 4.00pm now.

    Items in red are on at the moment, starred items are ones I'd recommend or really want to see.


    Ends January 2012

    • Edinburgh: Elizabeth Blackadder Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011-2-Jan-2012
    • London: Power of Making V&A 6-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012
    • London: Barry Flanagan Tate Britain 27-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012
    • Eastbourne : Franziska Furter Towner 8-Oct-2011-2-Jan-2012 (Y) http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/franziska-furter/
    • London: Love, Magic and Power V&A 10-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • Margate: Nothing in the World But Youth Turner Contemporary 17-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • London: Pipilotti Rist Hayward Gallery 28-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • * London: Gerhard Richter: Panorama Tate Modern 6-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • London: George Condo: Mental States Hayward Gallery 18-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • London: Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven Dulwich Picture Gallery 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/the_group_of_seven.aspx
    • London: Private Eye at 50 V&A Rooms 17a and 18a 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 (Free)
    • London: The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons National Portrait Gallery 20-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • * Gateshead: BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011 (Karla Black / Martin Boyce / Hilary Lloyd / George Shaw) BALTIC 21-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.balticmill.com
    • Nottingham: Klaus Weber: If You Leave Me I'm Not Coming Nottingham Contemporary 22-Oct-11-08 Jan 2012 http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/klaus-weber
    • London: Hokusai's Great Wave British Museum 3-Nov-2011-8-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusais_great_wave.aspx
    • * Bexhill: Warhol is Here De La Warr Pavilion 24-Sep-2011-9-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1335
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: Traced Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011-15-Jan-2012
    • London: John Martin: Apocalypse Tate Britain 21-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012
    • * London: Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 V&A 38, 39, and North Court 24-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012
    • London: The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso Courtauld Institute of Art 13-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml
    • Cardiff: Joseph Beuys National Museum Cardiff 22-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012
    • London: One Hundred and One Cartoonists Cartoon Museum 3-Nov-2011-21-Jan-2012 http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/
    • * London: Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935 Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 29-Oct-11-22-Jan-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/building-the-revolution/
    • Liverpool: Alice in Wonderland Tate Liverpool 4-Nov-2011-29-Jan-2012
    • Edinburgh: Turner in January Scottish National Gallery 1-Jan-2012-31-Jan-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/on-now-and-coming-soon/turner-in-january-2012

    Ends Febuary 2012

    • London: Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan National Gallery 9-Nov-2011-5-Feb-2012
    • London: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 National Portrait Gallery 10-Nov-2011-12-Feb-2012
    • London: Grayson Perry The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman British Museum 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry.aspx
    • London: OMA/Progress Barbican Art Gallery 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12472
    • * Chichester: Edward Burra Pallant House 22-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.pallant.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/forthcoming/main-galleries/edward-burra1/edward-burra
    • Birmingham: Lost in Lace: New approaches by UK and international artists Birmingham Museum Gas Hall 29-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1415
    • London: Has The Film Already Started? Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012
    • London: The House of Annie Lennox V&A 15-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

    Ends March 2012

    • Birmingham: A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest Birmingham Museum Gallery 20 17-Sep-2011-4-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1538
    • Gwynedd: Artist Rooms: Anselm Kiefer Mostyn Gallery 26-Nov-2011-10-Mar-2012
    • Edinburgh: The Scottish Colourist Series: F C B Cadell Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Modern Two 22-Oct-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/19917
    • Birmingham: Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration Birmingham Museum 13-Jan-2012-25-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1389
    • London: Photography: New Documentary Forms Tate Modern 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • Edinburgh: Missing Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1-Dec-2011-31-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/missing

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    ( Dec. 1st, 2011 02:17 pm)
    Why let publicity get in the way of the audience?

    Compare: http://www.artfund.org/artistrooms/pages/on_tour/forthcoming - which lists one show, with http://www.tate.org.uk/collection/artistrooms/tour.do, which lists twenty. I think all the shows are Art Fund supported, but someone needs to make with the updatey.

    (My google fu has frequently abandoned me over this project, mind.)
    Having, against my better judgement, gone to Bexhill to see the Warhol show (free, De La Warr, worth it for the building which needs a lick of paint again), I see another exhibition coming to Dulwich Picture Gallery. Which is more than the DPG website admitted to yesterday.

    The Artist Rooms Warhol is going to Ferens Art Gallery, Hull 2 June 2012-13 January 2013; I'm not sure if they'll also have the various loans which were at Bexhill.

    There's meant to be something at St Martin's, but I've not found any details on their website.
    A bit out of practice with these - I need to update my listing, and I see there's a William Morris exhibition somewhere in London. As always, check with the venue before travelling - especially on Sundays and Mondays. Starred ones I want to see or have seen.

     

     

    ·      London: "Only Connect" National Portrait Gallery 16-Apr-2011-27-Nov-2011

    · *     London: "Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism" V&A 38a 11-Aug-2011-27-Nov-2011 (Free)

    ·      London: "Beatrix Potter: Botanical Illustrations" V&A 14-Jun-2011-11-Dec-2011

    ·      London: "William Dobson: A Portrait Revealed" Courtauld Institute of Art 12-Sep-11-11-Dec-2011 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml

    ·      Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: "Artist Rooms: Bill Viola" The Dick Institute 3-Sep-2011-24-Dec-2011

    ·      Birmingham: "Home of Metal" Birmingham Museum 18-Jun-2011-25-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=893

    ·      Birmingham: "Staffordshire Hoard" Birmingham Museum 24-Jul-2010-31-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=892

    ·   *   London: "Wilhelm Sasnal" Whitechapel Gallery 14-Oct-2011-1-Jan-2012

    ·    *  Edinburgh: "Elizabeth Blackadder" Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011-2-Jan-2012

    ·      London: "Power of Making" V&A 6-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012

    ·    *  London: "Barry Flanagan" Tate Britain 27-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012

    ·      Eastbourne : "Franziska Furter" Towner 8-Oct-2011-2-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/franziska-furter/

    ·      London: "Love, Magic and Power" V&A 10-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·    *  Margate: "Nothing in the World But Youth" Turner Contemporary 17-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     * London: "Pipilotti Rist" Hayward Gallery 28-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     * London: "Gerhard Richter: Panorama" Tate Modern 6-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     * London: "George Condo: Mental States" Hayward Gallery 18-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     *  London: "Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven" Dulwich Picture Gallery 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/the_group_of_seven.aspx

    ·     * London: "Private Eye at 50" V&A Rooms 17a and 18a 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 (Free)

    ·     *  London: "The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons" National Portrait Gallery 20-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     *  Gateshead: "BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011 (Karla Black / Martin Boyce / Hilary Lloyd / George Shaw)" BALTIC 21-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.balticmill.com

    ·     *  Bexhill: "Warhol is Here" De La Warr Pavilion 24-Sep-2011-9-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1335

    ·      Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Traced" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011-15-Jan-2012

    ·      * London: "John Martin: Apocalypse" Tate Britain 21-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012

    ·     *  London: "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990" V&A 38, 39, and North Court 24-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012

    ·      London: "The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso" Courtauld Institute of Art 13-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml

    ·      Cardiff: "Joseph Beuys" National Museum Cardiff 22-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012

    ·   *   London: "Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935" Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 29-Oct-11-22-Jan-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/building-the-revolution/

    ·      London: "Grayson Perry The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman" British Museum 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry.aspx

    ·      London: "OMA/Progress" Barbican Art Gallery 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12472

    ·     * Chichester: "Edward Burra" Pallant House 22-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.pallant.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/forthcoming/main-galleries/edward-burra1/edward-burra [Going to Nottingham next year]

    ·      Birmingham: "Lost in Lace: New approaches by UK and international artists" Birmingham Museum Gas Hall 29-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1415

    ·      London: "Has The Film Already Started?" Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012

    ·      London: "The House of Annie Lennox" V&A 15-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

    ·      London: "Andy Warhol" Museum and Contemporary Collection, Central St Martins 24-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

    ·      Birmingham: "A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest" Birmingham Museum Gallery 20 17-Sep-2011-4-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1538

    ·      Edinburgh: "The Scottish Colourist Series: F C B Cadell" Dean Gallery Modern Two 22-Oct-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/19917

    ·      London: "Photography: New Documentary Forms" Tate Modern 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

    ·     *  London: "Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

    ·      London: "Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

    ·     *  London: "Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

    ·      London: "Artist Rooms: TBC Late" Tate Modern 1-Sep-2011-1-Apr-2012

    ·      London: "The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean" Tate Modern 11-Oct-2011-9-Apr-2012

    ·      Nottingham: "Klaus Weber: If You Leave Me I'm Not Coming" Nottingham Contemporary 22-Oct-11-08 Jan 2012 http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/klaus-weber

     

    England seems to have been shrunk, so I have awarded myself a day out in Liverpool. Who knew it would be possible? I guess, given a day out in Newcastle, this should not be a surprise.


    Annoyingly the Walker is between exhibitions when I go, so I'll have to look at whatever items the civic minded of Liverpool donated to their council rather than flogged. But at least I'll see an exhibition at the Tate I wanted to see.
    A little bit belated, but my photos of the Triennial are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewmbutler/sets/72157627085227120/

    A few things - the Leas Lift Bagpuss, the deathtrap classrooms, the masonic ritual - weren't photographable and I didn't do the shop. I didn't catch any of the Strange Cargo signs.

    2008: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewmbutler/sets/72157627058267398/
    I'm back having been points north and east - a wet weekend in Berwick, six days in Edinburgh, and a week in an old lookout post in Broadstairs (though I got to come home those days). Interwebs have been largely limited to FB, and experimental tweeting, though it didn't forward to my FB account. You didn't miss much. I'll save that for work and the next exhibition.

    A round up of stuff I've been to (Edinburgh to follow):

    I think they've both closed but there was an exhibition of South African photos, which I have notes on somewhere (very little landscape) and one of David Goldblatt at the V&A - Goldblatt's was both anger-making and moving. The same day I went to Burke + Norfolk - past and present photos of Afghanistan at the Tate Modern. Almost spoilt by someone photographing in there (I think the labels) - I hate cameras making noises. In fact I was struck by how much photography is being got away with in the Tate. Anything up to tripod and lights seems to be the policy.

    In Berwick, a Matisse exhibition of lithographs of the paper montages. Some good stuff there, and striking when collected together. Also showing some amazing glass, and paintings of a bus stops, whose details are not to hand. Then an exhibition of paintings of Berwick, including Lowry and Turner who get everywhere.

    In Edinburgh, Tony Cragg, a sculptor with whose work I was not familiar, but it's very interesting (closer to Hepworth than Kapoor) and Elizabeth Blackadder, who can sure paint cats. (There's an App on iTunes for the exhibition with some good stuff on it). I didn't do the one of Hiroshi Sugimoto - I didn't have the energy, and it had been a bad day, but there are lots of ticket combinations which would have made it cheaper if cheapness is the necessity. At the Queen's Gallery, The Queen’s Gallery, The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein was good but not amazing and Art Fund doesn't cut the price.

    I did some, and should have done more, of the Edinburgh Art Festival - I stumbled across the Ingleby Gallery's Mystics or Rationalists? (Susan Collis, Iran do Espírito Santo, Ceal Floyer, Susan Hiller, Jeremy Millar, Cornelia Parker, Katie Paterson, Simon Starling, Cerith Wyn Evans), whereas looking for Anish Kapoor's work at the ECA was hard work and found by accident. But it led me to the beautiful collaboration of Norman McBeath & Robert Crawford, "Body Bags / Simonides", translations into Scots of Simonides and photographs. I wish I'd made time for Charles, Jencks, John Byrne and several others.

    Back south, the Vorticists at Tate Britain - clearly second or third rank but I like it, and got the right Tate this time. I do like Wyndham Lewis, but he was clearly a tosser. Must follow up Alvin Langdon Coburn, a Vorticist photographer. The sculpture stood out (as it would). And then to Whitechapel for Thomas Struth's amazing huge photographs - of which, more later. There's a charge for that exhibtion, and no Art Fund rate.
    A listing of exhibitions which have caught my interest - either open or due to open in August 2011, and ordered by urgency. Starred items are ones I especially want to see or recommend having seen.

    Please check with venue or venue's website before travelling - not all galleries open on Sundays and/or Mondays and municipal galleries have reduced hours. Corrections and additions welcome - I may have copied details wrong.


    • * Broadstairs: "Bran Jones and Shaun Madden Life's A Beach" Old Lookout Gallery 28-Jul-2011-4-Aug-2011 (Free)
    • * London: "Eric Gill: Public and Private Art" British Museum Room 69a 10-Feb-2011-7-Aug-2011 (Free) http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/eric_gill.aspx
    • * Chichester: "Nick Blinko: The Visions of Pope Adrian 37th" Pallant House 21-Jun-2011-7-Aug-2011
    • * Broadstairs: "Karen Shepherdson & Nigel Breadman: Replay '11 " Old Lookout Gallery 4-Aug-2011-11-Aug-2011 (Free)
    • Sheffield: "The Triumph of Maximilian I" Sheffield Graves 31-Mar-2011-13-Aug-2011
    • * London: "Fred Sandback" Whitechapel Gallery 25-May-2011-14-Aug-2011
    • * London: "Summer Exhibition 2011" Royal Academy of Arts 7-Jun-2011-15-Aug-2011
    • * Broadstairs: "SM: Not Waving But Drowning" Old Lookout Gallery 11-Aug-2011-18-Aug-2011 (Free)
    • London: "Richard Long / Giuseppe Penone" Haunch of Venison 6 Burlington Gardens 27-May-2011-20-Aug-2011
    • Canterbury: "Canterbury Society of Arts and East Kent Art Society Joint Exhibition" Sidney Cooper Gallery 6-Aug-2011-20-Aug-2011 (Free)
    • Canterbury: "MA Show" Sidney Cooper Gallery 6-Aug-2011-20-Aug-2011 (Free)
    • London: "Watercolour" Tate Britain 16-Feb-2011-21-Aug-2011
    • * London: "James Stirling: Notes from the Archive" Tate Britain 5-Apr-2011-21-Aug-2011
    • * Broadstairs: "Andrew M. Butler: 'Stairs, Steps, Stares" Old Lookout Gallery 18-Aug-2011-25-Aug-2011 (Free)
    • London: "Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want" Hayward Gallery 18-May-2011-29-Aug-2011
    • London: "Camden Town and Beyond" National Portrait Gallery 27-Nov-2010-31-Aug-2011
    • * Broadstairs: "Ben Rowley: Film @ The Old Lookout" Old Lookout Gallery 25-Aug-2011-1-Sep-2011 (Free)
    • Walsall: "Eduardo Paolozzi General Dynamic F.U.N" The New Art Gallery 2-Jul-2011-3-Sep-2011
    • * Sheffield: "John Martin: Painting the Apocalypse" Sheffield Millennium Gallery 30-Jun-2001-4-Sep-2011
    • Edinburgh : "Portrait of the Nation at the Scottish National Gallery" Scottish National Gallery 2-Oct-2010-4-Sep-2011
    • * London: "This is Whitechapel" Whitechapel Gallery 11-Mar-2011-4-Sep-2011
    • London: "Government Art Collection: At Work" Whitechapel Gallery 3-Jun-2011-4-Sep-2011
    • * London: "The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World" Tate Britain 14-Jun-2011-4-Sep-2011
    • London: "Falling Up: The Gravity of Art" Courtauld Institute of Art 23-Jun-2011-4-Sep-2011 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/macuratingexhibition/index.shtml
    • Bexhill: "Catherine Yass" De La Warr Pavilion 25-Jun-2011-4-Sep-2011 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1379
    • * London: "Miro" Tate Modern 14-Apr-2011-11-Sep-2011
    • * London: "Out of Australia Prints and drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas" British Museum Room 90 26-May-2011-11-Sep-2011 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/australian_season/out_of_australia.aspx
    • London: "Watch Me Move: The Animation Show" Barbican Art Gallery 15-Jun-2011-11-Sep-2011 (Charge) http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=11989
    • London: "Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010" Whitechapel Gallery 6-Jul-2011-16-Sep-2011
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Home of Metal: You Should Be Living" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 18-Jun-2011-17-Sep-2011
    • London: "Jake or Dinos Chapman" White Cube Hoxton Square and Mason's Yard, 15-Jul-2011-17-Sep-2011
    • London: "BP Portrait Award 2011" National Portrait Gallery 16-Jun-2011-18-Sep-2011
    • London: "Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril" Courtauld Institute of Art 16-Jun-2011-18-Sep-2011 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/2011/Lautrec.shtml
    • London: "Forests, Rocks, Torrents Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection" National Gallery 22-Jun-2011-18-Sep-2011
    • St Ives, Cornwall: "Artist Rooms: Agnes Martin" Tate St Ives 14-May-2011-25-Sep-2011
    • Gateshead: "Robert Breer" BALTIC 11-Jun-2011-25-Sep-2011 http://www.balticmill.com
    • London: "Art Now: Corin Sworn" Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-25-Sep-2011
    • London: "Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters" Dulwich Picture Gallery 29-Jun-2011-25-Sep-2011
    • Edinburgh: "Hiroshi Sugimoto" Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 4-Aug-2011-25-Sep-2011
    • Walsall: "Leo Fitzmaurice You Try to Tell Me but I Never Listen" The New Art Gallery 17-Jun-2011-1-Oct-2011
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Manufactory by Chris Coekin" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 18-Jun-2011-1-Oct-2011
    • Chichester: "Anna Fox: RESORT" Pallant House 25-Jun-2011-2-Oct-2011
    • Gateshead: "Maurizio Anzeri" BALTIC 25-Jun-2011-2-Oct-2011 http://www.balticmill.com
    • * London: "Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century: Brassaò, Capa, KertÄsz, Moholy Nagy, Munkçcsi" Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 30-Jun-2011-2-Oct-2011
    • London: "Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500" National Gallery 6-Jul-2011-2-Oct-2011
    • Chichester: "Frida Kahlo *Diego Rivera" Pallant House 9-Jul-2011-2-Oct-2011
    • Nottingham: "Jean Genet" Nottingham Contemporary 16-Jul-2011-2-Oct-2011
    • Eastbourne : "The Art of Giving: How gifts have shaped the Towner Collection" Towner 9-Apr-2011-9-Oct-2011
    • London: "Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe" British Museum 23-Jun-2011-9-Oct-2011 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/treasures_of_heaven.aspx
    • Edinburgh: "Dürer's Fame" Scottish National Gallery 9-Jun-2011-11-Oct-2011
    • Liverpool: "Artist Rooms: Robert Therrien" Tate Liverpool, Merseyside 24-Jun-2011-16-Oct-2011
    • * Liverpool: "Rene Magritte: The Pleasure Principle" Tate Liverpool 24-Jun-2011-16-Oct-2011
    • London: "Junya Ishigami: Architecture as Air" Barbican Art Gallery The Curve 28-Jun-2011-16-Oct-2011 (Free) http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=11988
    • London: "Journeyings: Recent Works on Paper by Frank Bowling RA" Royal Academy of Arts 27-May-2011-23-Oct-2011
    • Hull: "Artist Rooms: Francesca Woodman" Ferens Art Gallery 11-Jun-2011-23-Oct-2011
    • London: "Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation" National Portrait Gallery 7-Jul-2011-23-Oct-2011
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Artist Rooms: Ed Ruscha" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 28-May-2011-29-Oct-2011
    • Gateshead: "Mariah Robertson" BALTIC 25-Jun-2011-30-Oct-2011 http://www.balticmill.com
    • Leeds, West Yorkshire: "Artist Rooms: Damien Hirst" Leeds Art Gallery 15-Jul-2011-30-Oct-2011
    • London: "Art for the Nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery" National Gallery 27-Jul-2011-30-Oct-2011
    • London: "Doctor Who in Comics 1964-2011" Cartoon Museum 27-Jul-2011-30-Oct-2011 http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/
    • London: "Taryn Simon" Tate Modern 25-May-2011-6-Nov-2011
    • Edinburgh: "Tony Cragg" Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 30-Jul-2011-6-Nov-2011
    • London: "V&A: So Noble a Confection: Producing and Consuming Chocolate, 1600-2000" V&A Sackler 19-Oct-2010-14-Nov-2011
    • London: "Only Connect" National Portrait Gallery 16-Apr-2011-27-Nov-2011
    • London: "Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism" V&A 38a 11-Aug-2011-27-Nov-2011 (Free)
    • London: "Beatrix Potter: Botanical Illustrations" V&A 14-Jun-2011-11-Dec-2011
    • Birmingham: "Home of Metal" Birmingham Museum 18-Jun-2011-25-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=893
    • Birmingham: "Staffordshire Hoard" Birmingham Museum 24-Jul-2010-31-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=892
    • Edinburgh: "Elizabeth Blackadder" Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011-2-Jan-2012
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Traced" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011-15-Jan-2012
    • London: "Has The Film Already Started?" Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012
    • London: "Photography: New Documentary Forms" Tate Modern 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: "Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: "Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: "Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: "Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Mirror of Judgement" Serpentine Gallery 12-Jul-2011-17-Sep-2011 http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/03/michelangelo_pistoletto.html
    • London: "Peter Zumthor: Hortus Conclusus" Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 1-Jul-2011-16-Oct-2011 http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/04/serpentine_gallery_pavillion_2011_zumthor.html

    faustus: (Default)
    ( Jul. 16th, 2011 09:58 pm)

    Chichester by car, for once, to see the rather Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition at the Pallant - the one downside the rain (and the misleading directions that sent us on the general direction of Dorking) which made the route through the wall that would have cut the corner off invisible. Just £6.50 with Art Fund Card - now rebranded the National Art Pass.

    Kahlo comes out better, with two rooms of the three, and comparing her paintings to the photos in glorious colour by Nickolas Muray you can see she exaggerates monobrow and moustache. (Of course colour photography was possible in 1939 - but I suspect it wasn't considered art until the 1970s; this is definitely art). Paintings such as The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me, and Senor Xolotl are truly astonishing - surreal and moving and sublime - and the more personal Miscarriage disturbing. Rivera's painting of Natasha Gelman, the collector of this body of Mexican art, is his show stopper, but his Sunflowers is also disturbing - is the child pulling a leg off the doll or adding it? (With Kahlo you'd see it as a child substitute - Rivera is of course infantilised in The Love Embrace.

    The gallery also has architectural prints by Kahlo's father, Guillame, and a room of very splendid photos by Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, well worth a look.


    More disturbing were the photos of ordinary life by Anna Fox - scenes of normal Butlins holidays.




    Everyone looks blooming miserable though. We suspected there's digital composition going on.

    Down in the print room Nicholas Blinko's extraordinary drawings - obsessive, maybe even deranged in quality, "The Visions of Pope Adrian 37th". Apparently he was in a punk band. Pigeonhed would know.




    And of course, a whole room of Peake illustrations (a story book, Grimms' Household Tales, Treasure Island, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Gormenghast stuff. That ends on Sunday, the rest is one till August (Blinko) or October.

    Find time for it.

    Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters
    http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/now_on_show/twombly_and_poussin.aspx
    29 Jun-25 Sep 2011
    Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century: Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkácsi
    http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/hungarian-photography/
    Jun 30–Oct 2, 2011
    Royal Academy of Arts, Sackler Wing of Galleries

    Graduate Photography Show 2011
    http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/sidney-cooper/future-navigation/current.asp
    Jun 30–Jul 14 2011
    Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

    In The Making
    PGCE Exhibition
    http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/sidney-cooper/future-navigation/current.asp
    Jun 30–Jul 14 2011
    Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

    Karen Shepherdson: Mystery Week
    Jun 30-Jul 7 2011 (Properly open tomorrow)
    Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs
    ... I'm likely to need a lot of bulldog clips before August. The state of them is immaterial - albeit with the proviso that they still clip and a preference for chunky ones over effete. If any of you have a desk drawer of them just going for grabs - or maybe they've nipped you a few times and you can't cope any more - I'm happy to take them off your hands.




    (Seriously)



    I'd say I'd need thirty-nine of them, but that may be an underestimate.


    Distressed bulldogs welcome.


    Is there nowhere in Battersea?


    Don't make me go to Staples or Rymans!

    (Seriously)
    Tags:
    I noticed the Muybridge exhibition had a warning about nudity - in photos the size of a matchbook. Some things are clearly sensitive.

    Today I'd planned to see the Watercolours exhibition at t'Tate and may be the Bridget Riley, plus a visit to Oxfam and Hurlingham Books in search of copies of The Thirty-Nine Steps. I figure, what with watercolours being all chocolate box and all, an early arrival would get me ahead of the crowds, and an 8.00am train would see me arriving as they opened. A 7.30 train would see me have time for a coffee. But that would require me getting up at 6.30, unlikely on a weekend and double so since I got to bed at 2am.

    Hollow laugh. After four hours' sleep I was awake in plenty of time and caught that train.

    Even at 10.10 the exhibition was too crowded, or perhaps it attracted the wrong kind of punter. The punter who not only gets in your way, but pushes in front of you and looks at you as if you've been in theirs. Who come damn close to putting their damn dirty ape fingers on the work. About half of the art was what I'd feared - biscuit tins and clotted cream - with the early stuff and late stuff being the best. As with the Moore, the war stuff stood out - and that was what got the great reviews which made me want to see the show. There was an interesting room on developing technique and technology, which came a little late, and Turner kept recurring to give it a boost. The impressive stuff was the Dadd (every blade of grass!) and the familiar Ravilious and Nash, and of course the Tudor miniatures are amazing. Howard Hodgkin, I need to follow up.

    But much more striking was the Susan Hiller exhibition - which I had no idea I'd see and which was packageable with the Watercolours. If I'm being honest, I'd say see this first, because you might need the Watercolours to calm you down, because this is a show that came with no warning. (But Watercolours will get busy. It's nice art. Mostly.) I confess I'd never heard of her, but I've seen her From the Freud Museum at Tate Modern (and note she is American, though long resident in Britain). She specialises in ready made and deconstructive art - hundreds of postcards of storms at seaside resorts, the evidence in the boxes, looped films of teen telekinesis, pictures of ships at sea, paintings burnt, sliced and diced, unravelled or deliberately faded in the light. There's a slide show about recording spirit voices, a surreal living room with a documentary about Nebuchadnezzar and faces in the tv signals after close down, dangling speakers recounting close encounters and - most terrifying of all - a film about Punch and Judy worthy of Grotowski and mind blowing. I've been moved, uplifted and transformed by exhibitions before, but never so terrified.

    I had to do a bit more of the Tate's art to calm myself - a new hanging of twentieth century art, waving at artists whose styles I recognise now, the latest version of Blake on physiognomy and phrenology. Then a walk to Oxfam, where I score a Love's Labour's Lost (I hope a missing Arden) and thence to a rather good bakery, then the District Line to ...

    Parson's Green, rather than Putney Bridge. Planned engineering buggering around - which I'd not thought to check on. And stupidly I turned left out of the station - which should follow the line of the railway south, rather than right, which would have been quicker. But I found a Starbucks, and had a second coffee, which had been the plan on the other route, and eventually I was back on track. And then, as I counted up to 91, I had this awful feeling that the place had closed down.

    Fortunately, I looked around the corner, and found the shop. I also realise I've been there before, or at least past it, when visiting someone in Putney. I'm not sure I found it open. Another Thirty-Nine Steps, one novelisation of Flash Gordon.

    I decided to walk along the Thames rather than tracing the route I should have taken from Parson's Green - I decided, but failed, as the Thames Path is somewhat inland. I soon gave up and found my way back to New King's Road, and a very slow district line.
    faustus: (seventies)
    ( Jan. 17th, 2011 01:02 am)
    Today has been a day of epiphanies and revelations, as well as failures to change light bulbs, get up at a reasonable time and to get to bed before midnight. I have had thoughts about the cosy catastrophe, which I will pass on in due course, but I have also partly solved a mystery of what my gallery-going is building up to. My wider sense of (especially British) surrealist and modernist art 1900-1940ish remains puzzling - although I can trace the trajectory - but the Dulwich Picture Gallery exhibition of Paul Nash clearly needs to be thrown at Keith Roberts (and Eric Ravilious is presumably not far behind*), with the paradoxical sense that modern and romantic ought to seem more antithetical.


    * Not far behind? )

    I don't have time or words for this in the current project - whose Post-Imperial Melancholy chapter needs sections on Compton and Kilworth to complete - but one more for the to-do list...


    (in any case I need to think of the linkage between Nash and Nicholson's odd welding of landscape-still-life-abstract, and then the connection to Mondrian which will be explored by a Courtauld Institute exhibition next year.)
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